RIT’s Wilson Gets Spencer Penrose Award as Top Coach

Wayne Wilson has become the first person to win national coach of the year honors by the American Hockey Coaches Association in both the Division I and Division III ranks.

Wayne Wilson

Wayne Wilson

The RIT coach earned the Spencer Penrose Award this season after taking the Tigers to the Frozen Four for the first time, in just the program’s fifth season at the Division I level.

He earned the Edward Jeremiah Award as Division III coach of the year in 2001, also at RIT.

RIT became the first Atlantic Hockey team to advance to the Frozen Four when it defeated Denver and New Hampshire in the East Regional. The Tigers lost to Wisconsin in the national semifinals.

They were 28-12-1 this season and had a 12-game winning streak.